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[Review] SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness

SHADOW OF NIGHT
Deborah Harkness
genre: historical urban fantasy

Cover Copy: Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel,A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending,Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

My Thoughts: I did not read the first book in this series, but that didn’t put me at a disadvantage for jumping into the middle of the trilogy. Harkness does a good job of catching the reader up in the first couple of chapters while also laying the groundwork for the story to come.

This is a great book for anyone looking for more history mixed up in their magical tales– or more magic mixed up in their history.  The legendary Kit Marlowe and Thomas Harriot are daemons in Harkness’s world. Henry Percy and Walter Raleigh are alchemists. Together these gents were known as the School of Night.

With great writing, intriguing characters, SHADOW OF NIGHT is sure to please anyone who likes historical urban fantasy.

Rating: A-
Series: All Souls Trilogy, #2
Publisher: Viking Adult, July 2012
Acquired: NetGalley

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Sara Walker is the founder of Urban Fantasy Land, a website established in 2008 that specializes in promoting urban fantasy and speculative fiction through book reviews, author interviews and more. An author and a librarian by day, Sara loves to read and promote authors. Sara's articles and fiction have been published in print and online. She is also the founder of Kawartha Lakes Authors & Writers Network, a resource for writers & authors in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Find out more about Sara at SaraWalker.net.